- The deputy governor of Zamfara state, Mahdi Aliyu Gusau, is resisting the alleged efforts by political opponents to unseat him
- Mahdi Gusau found himself on the other side of the divide after the governor of the state, Bello Matawalle, defected from the PDP to the APC
- The politician recently attracted the anger of his principal when he held a rally to reaffirm that he remains a PDP member
The Nation reported that the court issued the order on Monday, July 19, after granting an ex parte motion filed by a lawyer, Ogwu James Onoja, on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
As part of the order, Justice Obiora Egwuatu also retrained the governor of Zamfara state and the chief judge of the state from holding proceedings relating to any planned impeachment of Mahdi Gusau.
Onoja told the court that the House of Assembly and others were planning to impeach the deputy governor for refusing to defect from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Maintain the status quo
The lawyer said it was urgent for the court to intervene in the matter by issue by granting an interim restraining order against those planning to carry out the impeachment
The Cable reported that his ruling, the judge said he was convinced it was a matter of extreme urgency requiring the court’s intervention.
He then ordered parties to maintain the status quo pending the hearing of a motion filed by the plaintiff.
Governor cautions his deputy
Meanwhile, the governor of Zamfara state, Bello Matawalle, has warned his deputy, Mahdi Aliyu not to dare him.
Matawalle gave the warning on Saturday, July 17, when reacting to a political rally the deputy governor held to reaffirm his membership of the PDP.
The Zamfara governor said it was disrespectful for Aliyu to have held the rally without permission, bearing in mind the current security situation in the state.